I've been fancying something lugged and a bit more late 80's in style and came across this fine specimen on gumtree for a few pounds. The pictures on the ad were awful but there just seemed to be something about it.. A quick bit of research has confirmed that it's a Nigel Dean of some description (at least by the headbadge). Full 531 AT tubing too by the looks of things so I'm pretty chuffed - even the bottom bracket shell is reynolds stamped...It's also got one of my fave groupsets from this era - suntour XCM - complete with those mavic style cranks
It's dirty but all works - I've just ridden 8 miles back from where I picked it up and nothing snapped or dropped off! My plan is to give it a sympathetic (i.e no money) resoration. This will be in the form of lots of greasing, t-cutting, replacement cables, some new tyres and in Derek and Clive fashion, a bit of brasso on those rims
Current spec below:
Frame: Nigel Dean Reynolds 531 AT
Fork: 531 box crown jobbie
Stem: unknown but looks nice, matches frame..mmm
Handlebar: ITM alloy
Grips: rock hard ones that bike magazine testers used to moan about bitd
Barends: Are you kidding?
Brakes: deore lx lo profile cantis (M560)
Brake Pads: shimano, worn
Brake Cables: clarks, do the job
Cantilever cable hangers: shimano
Brake Levers: diacompe XCM 4 (possibly more) finger
Shifters: suntour accushift top mount
Front Derailleur: suntour X-1
Rear Derailleur: suntour XCM
Derailleur Cables: see brake cables
Cassette: shimano freewheel
Cranks: suntour XCM
Crank Bolts: suntour
Chainrings: sakae 48-38-28
Chainring bolts: suntour
Bottom Bracket: unknown
Pedals: mks c-6000
Hub Skewers: none
Rims: mavic M6 oxygen rear, rigida AS32 front. Both 36 hole = bombproof.
Hubs: suntour AT rear, pelissier front
Nipples: small and pink...oh, on the bike you mean? Good question..
Tyres: Panaracer Smoke Lite rear, Dart front for now...
Tubes: Kenda presta valve jobbies
Saddle: sella italia anatomic
Seatpost: ITM forged alloy, hopefully not jammed, fingers crossed
Seatpost Binder: Odyssey svelte Ti (bling!)
Weight: 29.5 lbs (really!)
Several bikes, one supportive lady and still trying not to buy anything else!